On May 17, three literacy partners—Bethany Lutheran College, Bethel University, and HELP—sponsored a private, online viewing of Kareem Weaver's highly acclaimed documentary The Right to Read, followed by a 50-minute panel discussion with MN literacy leaders. Weaver, an Oakland, CA, NAACP activist, calls reading “the greatest civil rights issue of our time.”
Panelists included moderator Dr. Abbey Payeur, Bethel University associate professor of teacher education; Dr. Lisa Silmser, adjunct professor at Bethel and Literacy Specialist, Monroe Elementary School (Anoka-Hennepin ISD #11); Dr. Carrie Pfeiffer, director of the Bethany Lutheran College Literacy Clinic; Amy Oliver, principal at Monroe Elementary School; Sidney McClain, second-grade teacher at Monroe Elementary and a fellow with Black Men Teach; Angela Mansfield, Assistant Commissioner for Educational Opportunity; and Rachel Moeller, K-12 Literacy Coordinator/Talent Coordinator at Mankato Public Schools.
Hear what these literacy leaders in MN had to say about the film and the issues in our state.
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